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ST. PAUL — Minnesota legislators have taken baby steps in passing a $38 billion, two-year budget that must be finished by midnight Monday.
PARK RAPIDS, Minn. -- Calm winds were allowing 40-some fire departments to get control of a wildfire that has scorched more than 7,100 acres in three counties
PARK RAPIDS, Minn. -- A north central Minnesota fire grew to an estimated 7,100 acres Wednesday, destroying or damaging dozens of structures, as firefighters struggled to slow it down.
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PARK RAPIDS, Minn. -- Firefighters are working to contain a wildfire that is now between 3,000 and 4,000 acres in north-central Minnesota as of this morning.
ST. PAUL – Minnesota senators took nearly 17 hours to approve a bill allowing childcare providers and personal care attendants to unionize.
FARGO -- Legal counsel for North Dakota’s sole abortion clinic has filed suit against Cass County and the state over one of four anti-abortion measures recently passed by the Legislature, with the intent of challenging two more.
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ST. PAUL - Ten Minnesota lawmakers must decide exactly how to raise about $2 billion for the state, and they have plenty of work to do before the Legislature adjourns Monday. The joint House and Senate tax committee has a self-imposed Friday deadline to determine key pieces of the tax plan such as a cigarette tax increase amount, property tax relief and the new income tax rate on top earners. Democrat leaders have outlined spending and tax plans, but the committee must finalize the details.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's gay community never has known such joy. That joy showed Tuesday night as American and rainbow flags flew in front of the state Capitol when Minnesota became the 12th state to embrace same-sex marriage. Minnesota gays and their supporters could not contain their enthusiasm during a 45-minute ceremony featuring Gov. Mark Dayton signing the historic legislation.